Less than half of the registered group of parents will receive compensation of EUR 30,000 before 1 May. A total of 25,600 parents have registered for the so-called Catshuis scheme. 11,000 of them will receive the money in their account before 1 May, said State Secretary Van Huffelen of Finance during the debate on the indexation minutes in the House of Representatives.
In December, after a consultation in the Catshuis about the highly critical report on the benefits affair, the cabinet promised that all affected parents would receive 30,000 euros in compensation before 1 May.
On Friday, Van Huffelen will announce the final figures, but she already knew during the debate that not everyone who registered will actually receive money.
There is a “large group” that will not receive any payment for the time being, said Van Huffelen. She did not mention a number of them. It would be people who, for example, turn out to have no children or who earned more than expected. There is also a group of parents that has not been reached by the tax authorities. A call has been made, letters and text messages have been sent, but to no avail.
There is also a group of about 400 parents who have been wrongly told that they will not receive compensation. That is now being restored. This group will be paid before May 12th.
The House of Representatives demands that the cabinet now do everything in its power to help the victims of the allowance scandal. The problems in the implementation of the compensation must be resolved. A motion from SP MP Leijten received support from almost all parties in the House of Representatives.